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September 26, 2021

8/25/2021 2:21:00 PM
Arena board aproves fire and EMS truck purchase

by Meredith Anding
The Arena Village Board accepted the Arena Fire and EMS's request to purchase a used truck, to cost up to $250,000, at their monthly board meeting last Tuesday. The purchase is expected to be completed by 2023. The Arena Fire and EMS wanted pre-approval of $100,000, to be split 70/30 with the Village of Arena, in case a truck were to become available sooner. The village will be responsible for $30,000 and the fire and EMS department will contribute $146,000 from department savings. The pre-approval passed unanimously in a motion made by trustee Paul Pustina and seconded by village president pro-tem Kathy Stoltz.
Stoltz suggested that village clerk-treasurer, DaNean Naeger, be authorized to seek the most reasonable financing plan for the purchase of the truck. Board members agreed to put Naeger in charge of the financing plan in a motion made by Stoltz and seconded by trustee Charles Burch. The motion passed with all board members in favor.
James Doerflinger was appointed to the vacant village trustee seat after a motion made by Burch and seconded by Stoltz passed unanimously. Doerflinger's term will expire in April, 2023. The 2021-2022 standing committees were also unanimously approved in a motion made by Stoltz and seconded by trustee Rachel Maxwell.
Resolution #2021-10, the 2020 Compliance Maintenance Annual Report (CMAR), was passed in a roll call vote of 5-0 after a motion made by Stoltz and seconded by Maxwell. The resolution asserts that the village board has reviewed the 2020 Compliance Maintenance Annual Grading Summary and acknowledges that no operational actions are needed at present.
Pustina motioned to send an amendment to Ordinance #2021-0706, section 12.30.010(b)919 and 12.30.070 of the Municipal Code of the Village of Arena, Iowa County, WI, Relating to Park and Fish Farm Regulations to an attorney for review. The first amendment allows dogs in West Park outside of the designated exercise area if they are leashed (six feet or less) and all waste is picked up. The second amendment permits a limit of 10 panfish and one game fish over 14 inches to be kept per day at the pond at West Park. The ordinance previously designated the pond as a catch and release area only except for special occasions determined by the board. A ban on motorized boats and the allowance of non-motorized recreational equipment was also added. The motion was seconded by Burch and carried unanimously.
Pustina also motioned to approve tariff changes for water installation services included in the water study. The motion was seconded by Maxwell and passed unanimously. The updated cost for NSF checks is now $34.
Public works superintendent Michael Schmidt reported during the monthly maintenance report that the best site for the proposed well is in the volleyball court at West Park. He plans on submitting construction plans for the well to the DNR.
Arena Police Sergeant Wyatt Miller informed the board that the department's drone was used for a river rescue. Miller also reported that on June 25, the Arena Police Department seized the largest quantity of illegal drugs to date. The bust was worth more than $12,000. The Arena police continue to work on OWI and Seat Belt grants.
A chicken permit for 416 Dalogasa Dr. was approved in a motion made by Stoltz and seconded by Pustina, carrying unanimously.
All board members were present, with Burch attending via conference call.

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